09 January 2017

Tour & Giveaway: You First by Stephanie Fournet

You First by Stephanie Fournet.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: December 13th 2016 by Blue Tulip Publishing.
Driven. Private. Insanely talented.

Gray Blakewood is the most successful crime writer under the age of thirty—and he has a secret that could cost him his life.

He just wants to finish his latest novel before his world unravels, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful distraction.

Meredith Ryan, his new personal assistant, has seen more than her fair share of hard knocks. And, still, she’s the sweetest person he’s ever met.

She deserves a lifetime of happiness—which he can’t offer.

But he can’t seem to stay away.


This is the second book I have read of Stephanie's and I have to say that I love her writing and what she writes about. The characters are people with both physical and mental issues to overcome. Not the normal girl meets boy, fall in love, have insecurities, break up before realizing what they lost and then get back together. This one is about a man with a brain tumor. As a nurse and someone who has a hubby who has a brain injury, I can relate and understand a lot of the book. I was sucked right in!

Gray's brother hires a nursing student, Meredith, to be Gray's personal assistant since Gray has seizures from his tumor. Gray doesn't want to take his medicine because it makes it difficult to create his story since he is an author. I can relate to that medicine as I have taken it for migraines myself and it makes you stupid!So she would drive him and such since he is noncompliant!

There is an instant attraction between Gray and Meredith the moment they met. As they get to know each other the lines between boss and employee gets blurred. When he has a seizure in front of her and her toddler son he falls on her and they both go down. While he is recovering in her lap, her son, Oscar, is crying and Meredith is crying and she is soothing his head by combing it with her fingers. It's a disaster but he loves what she is doing to him and hates that it happened all at the same time. That is their beginning!

Meanwhile, Meredith's own life is an aweful mess! She lives with her ex and his parents. Meredith never does anything for herself. Gray sees this and tries to put her "first". Meredith feels it and finally begins to accept it all only for several bad things to happen next! Those things are what happens in real life!

Here is where real life happens and things get ugly and not because of insecurites but because of serious illnesses. That just broke my heart! That made me love it all the more!

My only beef is that it ended too abruptly. I wasn't sure if the ending resolved all my questions or not!?!

If you like real life illnesses, sad living situations, toddlers, family and finding love where you wouldn't think so, then this is for you!

Excerpt from Chapter Sixteen

“Are you firing me?” she asked. Her walls had come up. She looked ready for anything, her chin high as if bracing for disappointment. He was struck with the certainty that she knew how to survive — no matter what. The set of her shoulders and the flint in her eyes told him she was used to letdowns. They were all too common in her life; they took their toll, but she weathered each in turn.
And Gray Blakewood did not want to be one of them.
“Of course I’m not firing you. You’ve done nothing wrong.” Pushing his misery aside, he searched for the words to make her understand. “Even if I don’t want help, I still…”
…want you to stay.
…want to get to know you.
…want to kiss you senseless.
There were so many ways he could end the sentence, and most of them would send her running out the door. And as he struggled for words, Meredith’s face softened, the walls dissolving in her eyes first, and Gray knew that though she might not understand, she wouldn’t make him say any more.
“Look…” She shook her head and pushed up the sleeves of her pajama top, drawing his eyes to the perfection of her wrists. When had he ever noticed a woman’s wrists before? “We’re both new at this. I don’t want to make your life any harder… and I sure don’t want to make you feel worse.”
Her eyes met his when she spoke, and Gray could see the kindness in her that ran deep. Something in him clenched almost painfully. Her sweetness soothed him, taking away the sting of his humiliation, but his hunger for her seared him from the inside. Why couldn’t they have met sooner? Before the damned tumor made his world go sideways? When she could have seen him simply as a man?
Meredith shrugged, unaware of the war she’d started within him. “We should… I don’t know… make a list or something. A list of things you’re okay with me do—”
Gray couldn’t stand it any longer. He grabbed her by the wrist, knowing he’d lost his mind. “Meredith…”
Startled, she glanced from his hand back to his face in an instant.
“Can I… not be your boss… for five minutes?”
She sucked in a breath. “Why?” Her mouth was glossy and ripe. Her pulse beat in her neck.
And Gray wanted to taste each.
He knew there were so many reasons not to, but he stepped in, closing the distance between them. And when she didn’t make any move to pull away, he released her wrist and circled his arm around her, low across her back. She kept her eyes on his, her chest rising and falling with each rapid breath, and he brought his hand to her cheek.
“I want to rewrite this night,” he said, pulling her closer so that her breasts pressed against him.
Across his chest he could feel the hammering of her heart through the silky fabric of her top.
“Dinner, but in a restaurant, or at least me cooking for you. A long walk, but this time with your hand in mine…”
He dragged his little finger down to her perfect lips and traced them with the lightest touch, her slow blink giving him the courage to say the rest.
“...and instead of an argument, a goodnight kiss.” As slowly as he could manage, he brought his lips just over hers, hovering above the warmth he could already feel. “May I?”
“I…” Her gaze was on his mouth, and he watched her bite her lip and nod.
Gray didn’t wait for more. If this was the point of no return, so be it. He had no interest in returning to a time when he did not know the taste of her kiss. He pulled her up to him and crushed his lips against hers.
Meredith was as sweet as her soul. As soft as her touch. As warm as her smile. But as his lips slanted against her mouth, he discovered that her sweetness became a nectar spiked with desire. This he tasted when she arched up, pressing closer. As soft as she was, he felt her strength and her certainty when her arms tightened around him. And when his tongue dared to trace the seam of her lips, her warmth became heat as she opened for him.
And the world caught fire.

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Stephanie Fournet, author of Fall Semester, Legacy, Butterfly Ginger, and Leave a Mark lives in Lafayette, Louisiana—not far from the Saint Streets where her novels are set. She shares her home with her husband John and her daughter Hannah, their needy dogs Gladys and Mabel, and an immortal blue finch named Baby Blue. When she isn’t writing romance novels, she is usually helping students get into college or running. She loves hearing from fans, so look for her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and stephaniefournet.com.

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  1. Stephanie is a new author to me, but I'm looking forward to reading You First.

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you! If you read the book, I'd love to know what you think.

  3. I want to know more about the secret. Love that he's a writer.

  4. Name one thing you’d love to achieve in the future.

  5. Thanks for the review! And thanks so much for hosting!

  6. This has been on my TBR for a little while.

  7. This books sounds very interesting and Love the story line of this book

  8. Its nice to have a main character that isn't quite perfect.

  9. To Stephanie: I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including You First. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.